“I Sing The Body Electric” by Walt Whitman – Poetic Monologue Starring Lana Del Rey


“I sing the body electric,
The armies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them,
They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them, And discorrupt them, and charge them full with the charge of the soul. […]” “Womanhood, and all that is a woman, and the
man that comes from woman, The womb, the teats, nipples, breast-milk,
tears, laughter, weeping, love-looks, love-perturbations and risings; The voice, articulation language, whispering, shouting aloud, food, drink, pulse, digestion, sweat, sleep, walking, swimming, poise on the hips, leaping, reclining, embracing, arm-curving and tightening, the continual changes of the flex of the mouth, and around the eyes, the skin, the sunburnt shade, freckles, hair, the curious sympathy one feels when feeling with the hand the naked meat of the body the circling rivers, the breath, and breathing it in and out the beauty of the waist, and thence of the hips, and thence downwards towards the knees, the thin red jellies within you or within me, the bones and the marrow in the bones, the exquisite realization of health; O I say these are not the parts and poems of the body only, but of the soul; O I say now these are the soul!”

10 thoughts on ““I Sing The Body Electric” by Walt Whitman – Poetic Monologue Starring Lana Del Rey

  1. Intriguing, unusual, provocative. A great interpretation of a great poem by a great writer

  2. there' some real poetic reverance and seriousness here. Makes me have some respect for Lana's Dark modern Goth

  3. I am not sure if this is actually what Walt Whitman tried to convey with his poem. This strange, bizarre and somewhat artistical display of gross and strong images do not help to grasp the true message. Didn't like it, but damn it's just my opinion.

  4. Literal interpretation at times in the video, but an interpretation nonetheless. Beautiful

  5. Leaves of Grass is a poetry collection by the American poet Walt Whitman (1819–1892). Though the first edition was published in 1855, Whitman spent most of his professional life writing and re-writing Leaves of Grass, revising it multiple times until his death. This resulted in vastly different editions over four decades—the first a small book of twelve poems and the last a compilation of over 400. I drew the Body Electric was not published until the 1867 edition

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